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Boeing opens South Carolina Dreamliner assembly plant

Posted by Richard on June 12, 2011

On Friday, ignoring a lawsuit brought by the Obama thugs running the National Labor Relations Board, Boeing opened its new $750 million final assembly plant in North Charleston, SC:

Under a blistering sun and facing a heated court battle, Boeing snipped the ribbon Friday on its new 787 Dreamliner assembly plant in North Charleston six months ahead of schedule.

Company officials, politicians and workers hailed the aerospace giant's $750 million production facility as the start of a new era in the Lowcountry.

"Everybody is so geared up," said Raffie King, of Summerville, who works in Boeing's emergency operations. "This is our house. That's what we call it."

To the loud roar of applause from the hundreds of workers and guests seated and standing outside the cavernous facility the size of 11 football fields, Boeing Vice President and General Manager Jack Jones said, "This building is open for business."

The building is something else. It can hold two rows of four jumbo jets. 

One thing rarely mentioned in the media coverage of the NLRB-Boeing story: the new Charleston location, like the existing Everett, Washington, assembly plant, is just where final assembly of the planes takes place. The incredible array of components that make up the plane is manufactured at Boeing and subcontractor facilities throughout the country (North Carolina, Texas, Connecticut, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Arizona, Minnesota, …) and across the globe (Canada, Japan, UK, Sweden, Italy, France, Australia, …). We live in a global economy, folks, and we're all better off because of it (per Ricardo's law of comparative advantage).  

In fact, the aft quarter of the 787's revolutionary fiber composite fuselage is built by Vought Aircraft Industries right next to the new Charleston plant:

The first pieces of the 787 wide-body jet, other than the aft and mid-body sections built next door, will arrive next month as 4,000 workers already hired begin to piece together the first completely assembled model of the airplane outside of Washington state.

"This is the first time we are actually going to send an aft and mid-body across the street instead of 3,000 miles away," Jones said. "Lots of good things are going to happen. This is history."

Boeing is still hiring in South Carolina. And in Washington, too, as this looks to be the most successful commercial jet ever, with over 800 already on order. South Carolina, Washington, the whole country — heck, the whole world — will gain from this.

Unless there's truth to the rumor that the President is going to appoint Wesley Mouch as his new Economic Opportunity Equalization Czar, and Mouch will then declare the Dreamliner "a national resource."  

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NAACP criticized by SC congressional candidate Tim Scott

Posted by Richard on July 9, 2010

From South Carolina's FITSNews:

S.C. Rep Tim Scott – the Republican nominee for South Carolina’s first congressional district – took exception Tuesday to a draft resolution from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) that accuses the Tea Party movement of harboring “racist elements.”

The NAACP is expected to approve the resolution this week at its annual meeting in Kansas City.

“I believe that the NAACP is making a grave mistake in stereotyping a diverse group of Americans who care deeply about their country and who contribute their time, energy and resources to make a difference,” Scott said.

Scott is the first African-American Republican to be elected to the S.C. State House since Reconstruction. [apparently, that's incorrect — ed.] If elected in November, he would become the only African-American Republican in the U.S. Congress.  He’s never made a big deal about his ethnicity, though, choosing instead to focus on fiscal policy.  In fact, Scott was one of only a handful of GOP lawmakers in Columbia to earn an “A” grade from the S.C. Club for Growth for his votes to limit taxes and government spending.

His voting record quickly made him a favorite among Tea Party activists searching for true fiscal conservatives within the GOP ranks.

Tim Scott (campaign website) is running in the congressional district where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. In the primary election, he defeated Gov. Carroll Campbell's son. In the runoff, he trounced Sen. Strom Thurmond's son, getting 68% of the vote. He's expected to easily defeat a weak Democrat.

Scott is one of three state legislators who joined forces to put a measure on the ballot that would amend the state constitution to block parts of Obamacare, including the individual mandate.

Scott's statement went on to say: 

As I campaign in South Carolina, I participate in numerous events sponsored by the Tea Party, 9/12, Patriot, and other like-minded groups, and I have had the opportunity to get to know many of the men and women who make up these energetic grassroots organizations.  Americans need to know that the Tea Party is a color-blind movement that has principled differences with many of the leaders in Washington, both Democrats and Republicans.

Their aim is to support the strongest candidates – regardless of color or background – who will fight to return our country to its Constitutional roots of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets.

Between Tim Scott, Gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, and a bunch of upstart, reform-minded legislative candidates (five out of fifteen Republican incumbents were defeated in the primaries, and some others chose to retire), it's clear that change has swept through the South Carolina GOP — and seems poised to sweep through the state. 

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